The words ring out, “Frankly My Dear I’m Gay!” Or, maybe you discover history on the computer to websites you know you didn’t visit. Regardless of the way you finally hear the truth from your spouse, you’re never quite prepared to have your life unraveled…and in most cases, neither was your spouse. But now here you stand, the man or woman that you married says, “You’re not my cup of tea, and never really were.”
Straight from the heart, and direct from personal experience, Emily Reese of Same Sides Support For Straight Spouses, brings herself and her powerful story of deconstructing and reconstructing her life, after her husband came out of the closet. Recently of the hills of a powerful TEDx Talk, Emily shines the light on how a to raise your family Rainbow Style, in a modern world, where families are families, and they all take on different shades of the rainbow, when love and understanding are given the opportunity to prevail.
- She’s learned that every coming out experience is different; it could take two years or ten
- Her first feelings after finding out where that of being alone
- It was such a shock because she assumed they would be married forever
- Her now ex-husband was motivated by not wanting to hurt her anymore
- It all comes down to knowing and loving yourself
Connect with Emily Reese
Emily Reese is a parent of three teens, an English teacher to at-risk high school students and an advocate for straight spouses who had a husband or wife come out of the closet during a heteronormative marriage. Her blog, SameSides Support for Straight Spouses, encourages those who are on the other side of the closet to move forward, amicably if possible, and to allow for the unique processes that every relationship and experience has.
Emily is an Ally, a two time colon cancer survivor, and an advocate for young people. She also understands the complexities of Christianity and the Bible as it pertains to coming out and advocates for better understanding of the Mixed Orientation Marriage for the Church.
Emily, her ex-husband, Devon, and his husband have a blended Rainbow family, and live their lives transparently in the public to serve straight spouses and LGBTQ communities to help society improve so that healing can be possible for those who found themselves in Mixed Orientation Marriages.